Mabel Halverson: A small town matriarch

Mabel Kratzer Halverson spent the last 69 of her 87 years living in a three-mile radius.

She started in a one-room cabin before upgrading to a so-called “mansion” by comparison. As her family expanded, so did their quarters, shifting homes to accommodate their growing numbers.

The walls of the family matriarch’s current Lower Deer Creek home can barely contain the hundreds of photographs displayed upon them — faces of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren smile out at the woman who taught them to live off the land, appreciate the simple things and, above all, love others.

To read Mabel's full story and see our staff pick favorite photos, pick up the Nov. 26 edition of the Pioneer or subscribe to our E-edition. Current subscribers are provided complimentary access to the e-edition with registration.

By Erin Dringman / Sheepherder Editor

Photos by MACKENZIE REISS / Big Timber Pioneer